PPP has no issue of leadership: Raza Rabbani

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Mian Raza Rabbani has said that there is no issue of leadership in Pakistan Peoples Party as it is the only party, which kept the federation intact. Talking to a private TV channel, he said that the issue of leadership was settled when Bilawal Bhutto was made chairman of the party and Zardari as co-chairman.

“As the federation is facing problems we have to look into the real issues behind the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. If there is a design to break the federation of Pakistan and redefine the geographical boundaries then the lynch pin has been removed.” The Bhuttoism has transcended into a philosophy from the person of Bhutto and has been converted into a philosophy and Mohtarma gave it a real dimension through her struggle, he said.

To a question about will of Benazir Bhutto, Senator Raza Rabbani said that Benazir gave a clear line of action besides addressing the question of the leadership in her will. This shows her wisdom and sagacity as a political leader. Now it is the responsibility of the party to play the same role if we have to keep the federation intact, he added. He said the will is a sacrosanct document as it was written just before her assassination and the party workers had such a commitment with her that they were willing to lay their lives for her. Therefore, this document holds a sacrosanct position for the party workers and leadership.

“The will was revealed to party on the third day and the party cadres were also told even at the Tehsil level. It was decided that the will should not be made public, as there was a mourning period. The issue of will has not been a matter of dispute.” He asserted that that Bhuttos and Mao Tse Tungs do not take birth every day. It is a fact that Benazir Bhutto’s assassination has left a vacuum. She devised a system of collective leadership during her exile to bring forth the consensus decision. “I have personal experience that she heard me and gave her final decision, as she was a leader. She had a premonition that the party would have to decide in a collective manner in future.”

He said that the party would face important issues after 18th of February. The party will have to decide carefully in the absence of the towering leadership of Benazur Bhutto who could swim against the tide. “Judiciary, coalition with the PML-Q would be the decisions that would be taken by the newly emerged leadership of the party.” The main issue is whether the PPP would become a party of the status quo or it would assume its traditional role of party for change. Mohtarma rejected the PCO during her life and same is the position of the party now.

Anchorperson: Who should take the critical stand over the decisions in place of Benazir Bhutto?
“I think it would be the responsibility of the Central Executive Committee of PPP. The committee would have to consider that the towering leadership is no more there and it decisions should be at par with those taken by Benazir in the past.”-SANA

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